Conceived by Patrick Marley, actor and co-founder of de Musset & Co., this is a dramatic look at the life, loves and above all the works of one of the most celebrated literary figures of the 19th Century.
In the course of the narrative we encounter Wilde himself, his friends and enemies, and many more of the colourful characters of the period, drawn from letters, diaries, reminiscences and contemporary accounts – especially from the plays and other works – all illustrating his theory, particularly true in his own case, that Life and Nature imitate Art.
The story of Wilde’s life is more dramatic than anything he could possibly have written – “I thought life was going to be a brilliant comedy. I found it to be a revolting and repellent tragedy.”
Much of the fascinating detail, taken in part from recent biographies, reveals aspects of this dramatic story which may be new and surprising to many people. Those who think they know all there is to know about Wilde, and those know very little, will have much to gain from this account of a man who, in the words of W.B Yeats, was ‘the half-finished sketch of a great man’, destroyed by personal flaw and by a hypocritical society in one of its periodic fits of public morality.
“…A delightful evening, – beautifully compiled and thrillingly performed”
“Without doubt the most satisfying performance I have seen about Wilde”
Plays and Players
“This is the best show I have ever seen about Oscar Wilde”
“This is a highly entertaining evening”
“This Wilde is wonderful – revealing, moving, beautifully performed.”
Angus McGill, The Evening Standard